Movers and Shakers

Lily is one of the most stubborn kids I know. She will insist that her way is the right way; that she is right when it is obvious she is not. For example, she will ask me where one of her prized stuffed animals is. She has a little stuffed husky that her grandpa bought her in Alaska, named “Cute”. Cute will disappear, and Lily will ask me to help her find Cute. Lily tells me Cute is in the bedroom; I find Cute in the living room. “NO!” Lily will yell, “CUTE IS NOT IN THE LIVING ROOM! SHE IS IN MY BEDROOM!!”

Oh, Lily.

Her stubbornness, however, has earned a new name–persistence.

Please permit me to brag a little about my daughters.

One day this spring, Lily decided that it was time to buy new shoes with laces. I took her to Target, and we found a cute pair of shoes. I expected to be tying her shoes for her all summer.

She learned how to tie her shoes that same day.

Last weekend, she told Ed to remove the training wheels from her bike, because she was ready to learn how to ride a two-wheeler. With Ed running behind her, she learned how to ride that bike in four days. Her lanky legs look banged up from the intense bike riding she’s been doing.

Emmy is not going to be left behind. While Lily was learning how to ride her bike, Emmy learned how to pedal.

Don’t worry, Aunty M., Lily wears a helmet when she is riding her bike!

One proud Mommy,
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16 Responses to Movers and Shakers

  1. Elliot has that same persistent streak, not so great right now in two year old form but I know it's going to be a strong quality when she grows up. Look at those little bike riders, no training wheels, yay! One of Graham's friend just graduated from training wheels and I think we might try it soon. Can Emmy teach Elliot how to pedal?

  2. What a nice take on "stubborn" children. I have one, but don't want to use that word too much. 🙂

  3. I have a stubborn one here too! If an item is lost, you must not find it, but instead give hints where it is until he finds it!! Can Lily come teach my daughter how to tie her shoes please? I wish she would have learned in one day!!

  4. Watching them grow is bittersweet, isn't it? We want them to grow and experience, yet we want them as babies forever…

  5. Doesn't it just feel absolutely phenomenal when all the years of Mummy's hard work seems to just collide in a huge explosion of "THAT'S IT!, "THAT'S what I've been trying to teach my kids" And everything just seems right. So all those years of teaching independence, which get misunderstood by our darlings as lessons in stubbornness, finally get learnt as what we intended them to be. Good on Lily for her accomplishments. You have every right to brag away!

  6. They grow up so fast! I was stressing about my daughter potty training, and suddenly it seems like she has it nearly mastered! Good job to your daughters too!

  7. I love the name lily and that is neat that they learn so quickly. Tying her shoes in one day!!! WOW!

  8. That is a cute story. Wow, she is persistent.That video is precious. You should be very proud of them.

  9. Loved this post! I, too, renamed my daughter's stubborness–strength of will! What a great trait in a girl, no?Stopping by from SITShttp://mommamaybemad.blogspot.com/2010/05/mothers-day-vow.html

  10. AW! That stubborn persistence comes in quite handy, even though it does have the ability to drive a mom to the brink! Congrats on the new accomplishments.

  11. My daughter is quite similar – some days i just don't know what to do without myself but at the same time I know she'll be able to look out for herself!

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